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I broke down and bought a digital clock yesterday with an alarm on it. I was using my cell phone as my alarm but the problem is that you can't hit "snooze" unless the phone is open. And if you press a button the snooze doesn't work. So one trip and five bucks later I have a digital clock with an amber display.

Why amber?

Because I don't like red on clocks. It looks cheesy to me for some reason. But other colors like amber don't.

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there it is, there it goes

This week's weather has been the typical torrential-rain-every-day thing for about 30 to 45 minutes. Maybe an hour depending on the cloud cover. This is typical for Florida in the summertime. Even though I know it happens I'm still not entirely used to it. I am 100% sure this throws tourists for a loop when it happens because I'm fairly certain it's a Florida-only thing.

Speaking of things that come and go, I've been recently examining ideas hatched by people I used to know from the stomping grounds that turned into projects. All those projects failed miserably. Some of them I had involvement in but smartly ducked out when I realized they were doomed from the start.

Here's 2 of them from a stroll down amnesia lane.

The ISP

A guy I used to know thought he could take over the world by running his own ISP and make a ba-zillion bucks. For a time he was actually doing okay and had just over 100 customers. I did some web design for him and a few graphics here and there (which he stole later, but we won't get into that).

Another company approached him and said they'd buy his business and his customers for a tick over $100,000. He called and told me this.

He refused the money.

Yes, this man was a complete idiot. I told him to sell. He could have easily pocketed the cash, recovered all his costs, made a very tidy profit and start another business. A no-brainer, right? This is a godsend. Yet he wouldn't budge. He was convinced that he could hold it on his own. I vehemently disagreed with him and said he really, really should sell.

Well, that didn't happen. In short, Big Telecom crushed him. I don't know what he's doing now (nor do I care) but I guarantee no one is offering him 100k any longer. He had the brass ring in reach and didn't grab it.  The guy lost his shirt and then some. His loss.

The metal band

I had involvement in several metal bands at the stomping grounds. Small very-white towns produce that kind of stuff. Goes with the territory.

In this territory I speak of there are actually several metal bands that got back together after hating each other for years. This is all well and good, but now you've got a bunch of guys in their 30s playing the same music, using the same bad promotion ideas and spreading the same b.s. they did 15 years ago.

So what can you say about a bunch of guys in their 30s playing the same crapola they did 15 years ago? Not a lot save for the fact they still sound like a polar bear's funky ass.

link it

A few changes are coming soon to menga.net so I'm writing this to alert my readers so they don't freak out.

The blog will remain mostly the same but I'm going to divide the site into separate (sorta/kinda) sections for easier access. It's really difficult to describe how these sections will work, but once you see them you'll say "Oh. This is really easy." Yeah, that's the whole point. 🙂

Recently I've been checking out some of the more popular tech bloggers out there and it's my feeling they've got their design wrong. And I mean completely wrong. These supposedly smart guys who use all the social media they can possibly get their grubby mitts on moosh it into their personal web sites. And yeah, it's a big pile of mush turning their sites into slow-loading behemoths that tick people off left and right.

These guys embed everything. Flickr, YouTube, Ustream, blah blah frickin' blah. WRONG. Haven't these guys ever heard of text links? You know.. hyperlinks? Yeah, those things. Evidently this is a foreign concept to tech bloggers. Social media tries so desperately to make sites that load nice'n'quick and are easy to use. But then the tech guys MASH all this stuff into a sidebar.

Again: Wrong.

Link it. That's what links are for. If you want to identify the links easily, put a little icon next to it. Really, really simple guys.

My upcoming semi-redesign is going to weigh in heavily on hyperlinks. They load fast, they work and there's no need to embed every single frickin' thing in the universe on a sidebar. Want to get creative? You can use little icons. Those are okay because they're quick. But once you start mashing in a crapload of JavaScript and Flash... sheesh. Haven't we learned enough about design over the years to know not to do that? Have you guys ever seen Web Pages That Suck? Go read that. Then bow your head in shame and redesign your site so it LOADS FAST for a change.

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